What is Verification?
When you need assistance with your account and reach out to our Live Support team, you may be asked to provide verification of your account. Verification is a method we use to confirm that the person contacting us is authorized to have changes made to the account. This often is the account owner but may also be a trusted individual such as a business partner, developer, office assistant, etc.
Why Do You Verify?
We verify as a basic level of security. Without a verification process anyone would be able to contact support and make any changes they like. This could include having a password changed so the person could steal files or registration of the domain name or even the entire account. A disgruntled employee may want to take revenge on their employer or perhaps a developer who was fired decides they want to regain access to wreck the site. Without verification, anyone can claim they are authorized and then take malicious actions in the account. We want your accounts to be as safe as possible.
Types of Verification
There are a few different ways to verify an account. Some are for full disclosure and some are for limited disclosure. The different types are listed below.
The most common method of verification is with the AMP (Account Management Panel) password. This is the password that you use to enter your Account Management Panel. This is most often only used by the account owners since the AMP contains sensitive billing and account information. It is not recommended to give this information to anyone you do not trust with your billing and personal information. This type of verification allows full disclosure.
Once you are logged into your AMP, you can select the Launch Chat button. A pop-up will appear. Simply, fill out the form and ensure you select Technical Support from the Please select the most appropriate department drop-down menu. Since the live chat initiated from within your authenticated AMP session, your account is automatically verified.
Last 4 Digits of Credit Card on File
Another method of verification is by using the last 4 digits of one of the credit cards on file. The last 4 digits are unique to the card but are not enough for anyone listening to be able to use the card. The digits are evaluated against the list of cards that are on the account. If one of the cards has the same last 4 digits, then the account is verified. It is not recommended to give this information to anyone you do not trust with your billing and personal information as this verification allows full disclosure.
As an additional level of security, we have implemented an optional passphrase. A passphrase is used when an owner is worried that the last 4 and AMP password may be accessed by someone they do not want to have account access. By adding the passphrase, then ONLY that can be used to verify the account. So if an employee calls in and has the normal verification method, we will not allow any changes to be made without passphrase verification. This type of verification allows full disclosure.
We also allow a developer passphrase to be used. This type of verification is for developers. This way they have authorization to have minor changes made to the account such as files, etc but no major changes such as credit card or billing information. They will also not be able to ask for that information. This is a limited disclosure verification method.